Monday, April 4, 2016

{style} Madewell x Daryl K Flare Jeans

Let's talk about this whole flare trend.

These things come back about every three or so years and up until two months ago, I always said no. Not because I don't like them. But because I'm pretty sure I wore super flares (had three washes) every day through the 7th and 8th grade. Thank you, Wet Seal discount. You could say I have been out-flared. My mother also used to tell me that if you wore a trend when it was originally "out", you are probably too old when it comes back a second time. 

While that probably used to be true, trends are not the same as they once were. Every other season the 70's and 90's are back. Same with the military trend. And jewel-tones. And the high-waist (thank you). So the notion of "been there done that" seems a bit watered down now with a quickly evolving (or maybe un-evolving) fashion cycle.

With that, and there being cocktails on the ready, I found myself being pulled to these Madewell x Daryl K flares (on sale now) at the collab's launch party. I think one of the first designer pieces that I ever purchased in high school (on clearance, relax mom) was this great blue Daryl K spaghetti strap tank, so it was a mix of fond memories. Sometimes, a little trip down memory lane is OK.

Also, Madewell seems to have this automatic lift affect for the butt area that is pretty remarkable. So there's that, too.

photos: Brian

Here's an extra tip: bring the old jeans that you don't wear anymore into any Madewell store and you get $20 towards a new pair! Your old jeans are actually recycled to make housing insulation. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

{runway} New York Fashion Week - Men's Edition

I attended the recent men's collections held during NYFWM and overall, really enjoyed the atmosphere and networking far more than I ever did at the women's shows. While there was some peacocking here and there, and a few dramatic egos seen [can't say I ever saw a female leave a show after being assigned a seat in the back row, GASP!], it was much more civil, calm and engaging, and the men met IRL that I only engaged with through Instagram were even nicer in person than expected. Cheers! 

Since I already did trend-specific recaps [for Cotton, here and He Spoke Style, here], just going to focus on the details from a few of the shows, including Public School, Joseph Abboud, Todd Snyder and Siki Im. 

photos: Robin West


Monday, November 30, 2015

{style} Cyber Monday Deals

Was trying my best not to go down the rabbit hole, but there are too many good deals out there, and plenty of stock left to totally disregard...
  • M'oda 'Operandi has an additional 30% off some already discounted lush items. Use EXTRA30.
  • J.Crew has over 500 items marked down by 40%, though some seem past season. Use MONDAY. The gift list for him is pretty good, too.
  • Net-A-Porter has items reduced by 50%. Also, a lot of spring/summer items, for those of you in warmer climates.
  • ASOS is offering 30% off everything with code, of course, BLESSED.
  • & other stories has 50% off the important things - bags & shoes!
  • 20% off site-wide on The Outnet.
  • Tibi has an additional 15% off sale items. Doesn't seem like a lot, but the items are already marked significantly and AMAZING. I may or may not have the the bow jumpsuit in my cart. Or already purchased...]. Use CYBERMONDAY15.
  • 30% off for those handsome men at Mr. Porter on selected items.
  • Not a specific code or discount, but prices cut on most items at Nordstrom.
  • And, not to forget, 40% off sale at Barney's. Their home section is key for gifting!

Some of my top picks:


Monday, November 16, 2015

{in my kitchen} breakfast skillet

This is a story of a girl who was too lazy to write down the ingredients needed for a festive breakfast skillet, so she just threw in what she remembered at the grocery store + wished for the best. Good news, the results were delicious [melted, burnt skillet cheese, mmmm). Bad news, the skillet didn't make it out of the sink. It will be missed.

photo: Robin West

This "recipe" included:
  • eggs
  • jack cheddar cheese (threw in as cubes on top)
  • small tomatoes on the vine
  • cilantro
  • diced red onions
I'm off on a European roadtrip this week, but will be posting along the way over on Instagram. See ya there!